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The General Assembly of the United Nations will meet on the 23rd of September in New York to discuss how Disability should be mainstreamed in the post 2015 Development Agenda.

AAATE, RESNA, ARATA, RESJA and AITADIS have taken the initiative to support this process by writing a message to the UN Secretary General and the General Assembly.

In the message they commit to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, support the recommendations on Accessibility and Universal Design and highlight the role of enabling technologies in the empowerment of persons with disabilities in order to contribute to the development of their communities. See below.

You can endorse this initiative and add your name and organisation to the list that will be attached to the message.

Download the letter.
Endorse the letter.
List of all endorsing organisation.

8th September – 15th September 2011
Objectives of the Training
The eight day intensive exercise is intended for Programme Managers of organisations and projects involved in development and disability work. The course is designed to equip the participants with appropriate attitudes, necessary knowledge and basic skills to initiate, monitor, develop and strengthen disability and development programmes apart from facilitating information exchange among participants. The participants will also be oriented towards Information Dissemination, Networking and Advocacy related to disability, development and CBR.

Participants
The workshop is targeted at middle and senior level professionals from the Government, NGOs, International NGOs and individuals interested in disability work. As the medium of instruction is English, fluency in reading, writing and speaking English is a necessary pre-requisite. The number of participants will be restricted to 25.

Faculty
Faculty comprises a team of distinguished professionals, practitioners, disabled activists and management experts

Curriculum
– Addressing social barriers: Analysis of Attitudes, Myths and Misconceptions and their impact on People with Disabilities.
– Basic Concepts, Perspectives and Approaches of disability and inclusive development
– Poverty – Disability & Development: Analysis of cause effective relation each other
– Inclusive education & Livelihoods
– Disability and issues of multiple Marginalization (Specific reference to Women with Disability)
– Disaster and Disability: introduction to disabled friendly and inclusive strategies in conflict and emergencies
– International and National policy framework
– CBR and inclusive Development, an approach to empowerment of persons with disabilities
– Participatory approaches in planning, implementation, monitoring, reviewing and evaluation

Pedagogy
The course will emphasize the use of participatory learning approaches and will have a fieldwork component. Lectures, group discussions, case studies and work analysis will form an essential component of the programme.

Course Fee
Foreign participant – $ 500
The fee covers simple food and twin shared accommodation. It also includes reading materials, training materials, local conveyance during field visits and certification.

Venue
The workshop is residential and all participants are expected to stay at the premises, where arrangements for lodging (on twin sharing basis) and boarding exist. Address of the venue will be sent to the confirmed participants.

Schedule
The workshop will commence on the 8th f September 2011. Participants are expected to reach the venue latest by 7th evening and can plan their departure on the evening of the 15th (after 6pm) or latest by the morning of the 16th. For extra days of stay, participants will need to obtain prior permission, and make payments independently. The training programme is scheduled at Bangalore. Training also includes fieldwork for 3 days with select NGOs in and around Bangalore.

The last date for receiving duly filled applications is 22nd July 2011.

For application and other details contact :

The Training Co-ordinator,
Actionaid,
No. 139, Richmond Road,
Bangalore – 560 025, India
Tel: 0091-80-43650650/647
Fax: 0091-80-25586284
Email: raghavendra.b@actionaid.org

About Actionaid
ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, for over 30 years we have been growing and expanding to where we are today – helping over 13 million of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide. We work with local partners to fight poverty and injustice worldwide, reaching over 13 million of the poorest and most vulnerable people over the last year alone, helping them fight for and gain their rights to food, shelter, work, education, healthcare and a voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
In India today we work with more than 300 civil society organisations and over 12 million poor and excluded people in 25 states and two union territories. Our focus is on the rights of India’s most marginalised communities: Dalit and indigenous people, rural and urban poor, women, children and minorities. These groups face an acute lack of access to and control over resources, services, and institutions. We pay special attention to those in vulnerable situations such as people living with chronic hunger, HIV/AIDS or disability, migrant and bonded workers, children who are out of school, city-dwellers without a home, and people whose land or livelihood is under threat. We also work with women, men, girls and boys who have been trafficked, displaced, or hit by natural and human-made disasters.
People with Disabilities constitute one of our core constituencies. We believe in a twin-track approach which requires us to promote both disability specific and inclusive development initiatives towards the empowerment of People with Disabilities. We work on the premise that disability is a human rights and development issue that demands the state and civil society to provide adequate and appropriate space for people with disabilities.

The aim of the CARDIAC project is to create a platform that can bring together the various stakeholders in the area of accessible and assistive ICT with a view to identifying Research & Development gaps and emerging trends and generating a research agenda roadmap.
The basic concept behind the project is to create a platform that can bring together the various stakeholders in the area of accessible and assistive ICT with a view of identifying R&D gaps and emerging trends and generating a research agenda roadmap. It aims to identify examples of best practice and to disseminate the collective wisdom of all the relevant actors (both partners from within the project and stakeholders from outside the project) through, meetings, conferences and publications.
The major aim of the Coordination Action will be to improve the overall success of Challenge 7 ICT 2009 7.2 ‘Accessible and Assistive ICT’ by drafting a research agenda road-map highlighting research priorities that will favour eAccessibility.

The paper “A UCD approach towards the design, development and assessment of accessible applications in a large scale European Integrated project” by Karel Van Isacker (EPR), Karin Slegers (KUL), Maria Gemou (CERTH-HIT), Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT) was presented at the HCI International 2009 on 19-24 July 2009, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA.
It was subsequently published in “Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Addressing Diversity: 5th International Conference, UAHCI 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009) (Paperback) by Constantine Stephanidis (Editor), pp. 184-192, 2009.

You can read it below:

The book itself is a three-volume set LNCS 5614-5616 and constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction – Addressing Diversity, UAHCI 2009, held as Part of HCI International 2009, in San Diego, CA, USA, in July 2009, jointly with 8 other thematically similar conferences.